Snyder Hires Rogues Gallery to “Save” Redskins Name
Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder‘s determination to continue calling the team Redskins has now led him to hire a who’s who of smarmy Beltway insiders to manage public relations.
Snyder has hired Lanny Davis, a Clinton administration hanger-on who mostly flacks on behalf of thuggish dictators and outright criminals. In addition, Snyder is now writing checks to Republican spin-meister Frank Luntz, a man so dishonest and unprincipled that he appears to despise himself — or, at least, the work he does — and former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer, last seen questioning the sanity and patriotism of any questioning whether or not Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Finally, and perhaps worst of all, Snyder has hired George Allen, brother to GM Bruce Allen and son of former Redskins head coach George Allen, Sr. You may remember the younger George Allen, a former governor and U.S. Senator from Virginia, as a man who owned a Confederate flag and a noose — not surprising since he was an open racist when he was in high school, an open racist when he was in college, voted against making Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday a holiday and saw his political career implode during a 2006 re-election campaign when he used a derogatory racial term to describe a young man working for the opposing campaign.
All these noisome characters have been paid by Dan Snyder so he can keep calling the team Redskins, though he won’t even meet with Amerindian groups who want change.
And, actually, this is all in keeping with Dan Snyder, isn’t it? Eventually, the name of the team — like it or not — will change. In 1970 there were about 3000 sports team names in the United States named after Amerindians. Today, there are less than a thousand. That’s a pretty obvious trendline. Eventually, all of them will go, apart from those few, like the Florida State Seminoles, who can strike a bargain with a tribe. Somehow, I don’t see any tribe striking a bargain with a team called Redskins. But Snyder continues to fight on, refusing to admit the coming defeat, and spending heavily in his lost cause. In the end, what we will find is that Snyder has spent a ton of money on a bunch of over-priced hacks who cash his checks, do very little of value in return, and the franchise still loses the battle.
To any fan of the Washington Redskins, that must seem rather familiar.